PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University scored two goals in the first five minutes Saturday afternoon and went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 2-1, in a key Little East Conference field hockey game at Arold Field.
PSU came out like gangbusters to open the game, with several strong scoring opportunities. Sophomore Jenna Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) put the Panthers on the board just 2:08 into the contest with her sixth goal of the season, with an assist from senior Lilly Silva (Lowell, Mass.). Just two minutes later, junior Christina Farias (East Dennis, Mass.) made a strong play to set up Silva for her team-leading eighth of the season, and her fifth goal in the last three games. PSU controlled play the rest of the first half and maintained the two-goal lead.
It was Southern Maine that came out strong in the second half, and the Huskies cut the margin to one goal early on. Senior Kayla Vaughan (Monroe, Maine) finished off a penalty corner with 26:30 on the clock, with an assist from classmate Sarah Metivier (Old Town, Maine), for her team-leading fifth of the season.
Both teams had chances to score the rest of the way but could not convert. The Panthers finished with a 22-9 advantage in shots and a 13-7 margin in penalty corners.
Sophomore goalie Leah Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) earned the win for PSU in her first career start, making five saves, while USM junior Sadie Garnache-Poirier (Biddeford, Maine) was solid with 13 saves.
PSU, 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Little East, hosts arch rival and defending LEC champion Keene State Wednesday at Arold Field (4:00 p.m.) USM, 2-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play, returns home to host Eastern Connecticut in an LEC match-up Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
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